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Pitkin County says Aspen’s electeds not responsive on future of recycling

September 20, 2018 — Pitkin County's pleas for Aspen's municipal government to help pay for the Rio Grande Recycling Center has fallen on deaf ears in City Hall for years, prompting elected officials to sound the alarm bell this week. County officials Tuesday recommended to commissioners that they transfer

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Aspen’s $20,000 bike lockers gain no traction with commuters

September 19, 2018 — The rollout of the city of Aspen's bike lockers at Buttermilk has been a bust so far this season. The city's Parks and Open Space department spent close to $20,000 for 20 bike lockers that were installed in the Buttermilk parking lot in July. Not

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On the Trail: Relishing the dog days of summer in Aspen

September 19, 2018 — The end-of-summer countdown begins. As of this writing, there were less than 72 hours of summer left. I hope everyone is enjoying the last of the dog days of summer as much as I am. Aspen in September is the nectar, my fellow offseason friends.

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City of Aspen’s deal with developer valued as much as $5M less than what’s offered

September 18, 2018 — An appraisal on a building the city is under contract to buy puts a valuation $3 million to $5 million less than what a developer is proposing to sell it for. The city of Aspen hired Randy Gold, MAI, SRA, of Aspen Appraisal, in August

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Panelists in Aspen promise there is a ‘way out’ of addiction

September 18, 2018 — Addiction experts who spoke Tuesday in front of close to 300 people in Aspen said there is a way out of chemical dependency but it takes deep personal work, commitment, courage and, most importantly, asking for help. "I think the key message today is: encourage

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Aspen officials hold off on sandwich board regulations

September 17, 2018 — Aspen City Council on Monday agreed to kick the can on regulating sandwich boards for at least another year. Council passed on first reading an ordinance that keeps the status quo in not enforcing the elimination of the signs within the city until September 2019.

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City of Aspen has appraisal for a portion of office space on fall ballot

September 16, 2018 — The city of Aspen has received an outside appraisal on a portion of office space that voters will decide on this fall. When and if the fair market value of 517 E. Hopkins Ave. that local appraiser Randy Gold provided to city officials is released

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City of Aspen gets reprimanded by Pitkin County officials for lack of communication on mobility lab

September 13, 2018 — There appears to be a communication breakdown between city of Aspen and Pitkin County officials, judging from comments made by elected leaders this week. At a county commissioners' meeting Wednesday, they criticized city officials for not including them in their upcoming mobility lab, now called

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New Starbucks in Aspen brewing for a September opening

September 13, 2018 — After more than a year hiatus, Starbucks is returning to Aspen and will be open on the Cooper Avenue Mall later this month. Manhattan Capital LLC operates the coffee shop, which is a licensed partner of Starbucks. Aspen resident David Ellsweig is an investor, who

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Aspen’s iconic Victorian going under significant renovation

September 12, 2018 — The Sardy House, Aspen's most iconic Victorian home, is undergoing a significant renovation that aims to preserve its rich history while making much-needed repairs. New ownership took control of the Queen Anne-style home on Main Street in 2016, when a California-based LLC named BTRSARDY bought

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Aspen’s affordable housing board consider stricter upkeep rules to avoid ‘subsidizing garbage’

September 10, 2018 — Officials who oversee the local affordable housing program are considering ways to force homeowners to keep their properties from falling into disarray. Aging and dilapidated for-sale units in the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority inventory are becoming a growing problem, with few regulations in place to

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Aspen councilman questioned by housing board on his motivations to change program

September 6, 2018 — An Aspen city councilman who is championing an overhaul of the upper valley's housing program got some pushback this week from the citizen board that governs it. Wednesday was the first time Councilman Adam Frisch had appeared in front of the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority

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Aspen Skiing Co. wants its Bell Mountain chair back from thief, no questions asked

September 5, 2018 — Aspen Mountain's winter season is hanging in the balance while officials search for a chair that was taken from the Bell Mountain lift last week. The 33-year-old lift cannot run without all of its chairs on the line because of its design and mechanics. And

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Aspen Mac & Cheese won’t be held this year

September 4, 2018 — After seven years running, the Aspen Mac & Cheese Festival will not occur this weekend, organizers confirmed. The popular event, which involved a dozen or more restaurants competing for the title of the best mac and cheese, was typically held the second weekend of September

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Aspen will let voters decide where new city offices should go

September 4, 2018 — Aspen voters this fall will decide their preference on where new city offices should be built, elected leaders agreed Tuesday. With little discussion, City Council signed off on a settlement agreement with two city residents who sued the local government over its approval for as

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It’s decision time for city of Aspen on last ballot question for November

September 3, 2018 — In an 11th hour move, Aspen City Council will consider today approving a ballot question asking voters to decide where municipal offices should be built. With the deadline to finalize language for the November ballot Friday, council will have to act quickly. Hinging on the

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Entrance to Aspen resumes construction Tuesday; delays expected to be worse than in spring

September 1, 2018 — After almost a three-month hiatus, construction on the Castle Creek Bridge and the entrance to Aspen will resume Tuesday, and city officials are warning commuters they will be facing delays that could be even longer than in the spring. When the $4.6 million project began

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Aspen’s bike-sharing program takes off in first free year; 50,000 rides this season

September 1, 2018 — As the summer season winds down in the Roaring Fork Valley, the executive director of the country's first free bike-sharing system is taking stock in the success of the program. WE-cycle ridership has grown significantly over past year — from 2,786 users to just over

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Aspen soon will become city under siege with another round of construction

August 30, 2018 — If locals think this past spring was bad with construction taking over Aspen, they can brace themselves for more of the same — or worse — in the coming months. There are more than a dozen projects, both public and private, that will encroach into

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Aspen officials leaning toward letting voters decide future of municipal building

August 28, 2018 — Aspen City Council on Tuesday extended its real estate contract with developer Mark Hunt to buy turnkey office space across from City Hall with the probability of putting that and the government's already approved building near Rio Grande Park to voters this fall. The city

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